Two Ottawa schools — one elementary and one secondary — are getting a makeover.
Seven school districts in the state have been chosen as part of an initiative titled “Kansans Can School Redesign Project.” According to school board documents, each district will agree to redesign a school at each level (elementary and secondary), and must provide evidence and have approval by the school board, faculty approval (at least 80 percent), support of the local KNEA (or other professional) organization and must agree to completely redesign these schools based on the “state board’s vision, outcomes, definition of a successful high school graduate and the research behind each area.”
The district will complete research during 2017-18, and will launch its redesign in 2018-19.
According to a presentation given by Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education, at a school board meeting in June, Kansas preschoolers should have all-day kindergarten and “changes need to be made to address school culture.”
Other goals included a redesign of the curriculum so that it focuses “around individualized goals, planning, instruction, and experience, around incorporating real-life problems and projects into the curriculum, and experiential learning.”
The district projects will take on the names on seven Mercury astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton